With the passing on of former Pres Mandela come changed priorities, unscheduled activities and an influx of people to Gauteng and the Eastern Cape. More people in the air and at airports and en route from airports to hotels; more in hotels; more on the roads with almost all rental cars booked out and more gathered at organised events with a new interest, following the 10 days of mourning. Police have been redeployed, soldiers leave been cancelled for deployment, additional private security deployed in hot spot areas of gatherings – all opportunities for the criminals – it adds to the “crime opportunities” that the festive season normally bring with it this time of the year.
The warnings on criminal activities related to the festive season must now be taken more seriously – especially in Gauteng – smash and grab at busy intersections, residential attacks, shopping mall robberies and hijackings are now more prevalent with the absence of police due to their deployment in support of the mourning hotspot areas. Break-ins or robberies at business complexes focussed on computer and electronic equipment could also be on the increase.
One should see increased activities from the residential Community Policing Forums and private security activities in residential areas and standard private security at office complexes.
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